Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 4 mins

When I was a young girl I did not know what a poached egg was. We were raised on a farm where we got fried or scrambled eggs because there were too many of us to get special treatment. So we all got the same thing. I figure there are some out there who do not know how to poach an egg.


  1. Use an egg poacher and follow manufacturers directions.
  2. ~~~~~~OR Fill a small skillet with water.
  3. Bring water to a full boil.
  4. Reduce heat to just below simmering.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon vinegar.
  6. Break egg carefully into water.
  7. If white spreads, push it toward center with a spoon.
  8. Cook for approximately 4 minutes, depending on desired doneness.
  9. Remove egg with a slotted spoon.
  10. Serve on English muffin or toast.


Most Helpful

Once the water is simmering, stir the water several times in a clock-wise or anti-clockwise direction, (one or the other) to create a 'whirlpool'. Drop the eggs one by one into this whirlpool and they will stay rounded in shape.

robyn win September 08, 2008

Turned out PERFECT. I consider myself a good cook but have always struggled with poached eggs. Not anymore! Thanks a bunch!!!

ransomhouse August 21, 2009

I add salt to the boiling water, to help hold the whites together while poaching. Great eggies!

carolynryanlv December 29, 2008

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